Skull, or calavera, makeup is an obvious choice for Halloween, since Día de Muertos (aka Día de los Muertos or simply Day of the Dead) starts on the very same day, Oct. 31. They are very intricate designs that resemble the decorated sugar skulls that take over the Mexican holiday.
Casting Angelina Jolie as Maleficent was a no-brainer on Disney's part. No one else could project beauty, elegance, and fear simultaneously just like the animated villain in Sleeping Beauty did. But what sets the character apart from other evil witches, or any other Disney character for that matter, is the sinister, yet gorgeous-looking horns and headdress. And with news that a Maleficent sequel is currently in the works, this will surely be a great Halloween costume this year.
The Cheshire Cat isn't like other famous cartoon cats: he's brilliantly purple and hot pink, ever smiling and entirely unnatural. However, he makes for a perfect Halloween costume, with his bright, neon appearance and mysterious nature.
Voodoo you want the best costume this year? You're probably laughing so hard right now that you need to hold yourself together with pins and needles, right?
Creativity and well thought-out planning are qualities to be admired when choosing a costume for Halloween. Going out in hordes to purchase the same 'ol outfits from a local costume warehouse means you're probably wearing the same thing as thousands of other people.
Since its debut, retro thriller Stranger Things and its characters have become ingrained in our popular culture — especially the telekinetic Eleven. For cosplayers, it didn't take long before they grabbed their boxes of frozen Eggo waffles, blonde wigs (or bald caps), and pink smocked dresses to transform into El herself.
Need to look like a rotting, decaying zombie corpse for Halloween? Rather than bribing your special effects makeup artist friend to treat you one for the night, you can definitely DIY a couple of good Halloween makeup effects using common household items in your pantry or medicine cabinet.
If The Conjuring wasn't scary enough for you, once you find out that the haunted doll in the movie was based on true events, you'll cry. At least, that's what I did. I mean, my girlfriend did.
With Guardians of the Galaxy's popularity this year, Gamora will obviously be the go-to costume for anyone looking to stand out in a crowd. Not only is she a strong, intergalactic warrior, but she's the perfect persona when you need to become part of your friends' group Guardians costume. Of course, when becoming Gamora, it's important to keep your uniqueness—an easy task when there are so many different makeup and DIY-based options.
If you don't have any black teeth wax on hand, the next best thing to blacking out one tooth in your mouth, or creating animal fangs, for a Halloween costume is eyeliner. Just make sure it's waterproof, non-toxic eyeliner, and you'll need to use Vaseline to seal it properly. Of course, you won't want to eat while this is applied, or it'll come off. It rubs off very easily when it's time to get rid of your black tooth/teeth.
Video game costumes, as well as some comic-based costumes, are tricky to pull off. Will those who don't play games or read comics know who you are on Halloween? Or will you wander through parties unrecognized?
Store-bought fake blood isn't too expensive, but the consistency and color are always the same. Real blood varies, from bright red when oxygenated (arterial blood) to deep, dark red when deoxygenated (venous blood), and it can be either thick or thin. So to achieve the best special effect, you're better off making a batch of DIY fake blood yourself to get the look and texture you're going for. And it's very simple to do.
After Halloween Guide: How to Remove Makeup, Face Paint, Fake Blood & Body Glue from Skin & Clothing
Becoming someone else for Halloween is a lot of fun, but it can take a ton of tools to accomplish. An elaborate costume can require you to slather yourself in all kinds of makeup, paints, and glues, and putting it on is only half the work. The real fun starts when the party's over, and you have to remove it all.
Being a male, I may be the only one among my gender stating this, but I'm sick of girls using Halloween as an excuse to dress scantily. Why can't more girls skip the playboy bunny costume and get this gnarly? Below, ten badass Halloween looks executed by girls only...
Whether you choose the sassy face of someone like your inner Disgust from Inside Out, or you're the happy-go-lucky Joy, chances are you're well-versed in expressing your inner "ew." So for this Halloween, take pride in your judgmental self by donning a DIY Disgust mask.
A bullet wound to the head is one type of fake wound you probably don't have to worry about people thinking is real. If it was, you'd be dead!
Zombies are all the rage these days, but what if you don't want to be just a normal zombie? Stand out amongst the different costumes this Halloween by following this makeup guide on dressing up as a zombie bride. You'll need to be willing to spill a little blood on a wedding dress to get the real corpse bride look though.
Ryuk, the popular anime death god character from Death Note, has instilled fear into many. Just from the live action movie version, his horror penetrates through the screen. I mean, c'mon, just look at this horrifying beast... As horrifying as Ryuk may be, he is a lovable character and is especially admired in the cosplay world. Now you too can become Ryuk with the help of YouTuber cozplaii. She goes through all of the makeup and accessories you'll need to become Ryuk this Halloween (or whene...
Mockingjay - Part 2, the final film in the Hunger Games series, hits theaters next month, and what better way to celebrate one of the series' most fabulous characters than with an over-the-top costume this Halloween?
This is quite possibly the most disturbing Halloween costume ever. Seriously. It nailed creepy down to a tee. A friend of Redditor YouHadMeAtBacon did this gory unzipped zipper face makeup, and it's by far the best I've ever seen. Unzipped Zipperfaces in Action